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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from September 2020

    What’s different at AC2020

    September 29, 2020 / By The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and UNY Director of Connectional Ministries

    Editor’s Note: The Upper New York Annual Conference is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. The livestream link for non-eligible voting members can be found here. Eligible voting members must access the secured livestream via a different link that will be emailed to them and must login with the email and password they created at registered. If you are a voting member who has forgotten your login email …more

    Grow discipleship digitally

    September 28, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Since the start of the COVID pandemic last March, clergy and members of churches throughout the world have leaped out of their comfort zones into the world of digital ministry. Many churches in the Upper New York Conference developed websites and a social media presence, began livestreaming worship services, created online giving options, and started having small group meetings on Zoom. This fall, the Upper New York Conference is offering …more

    Bishop Webb to Host District Zoom Gatherings with Clergy

    September 25, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    In Oct. and Nov., Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, invites clergy to join him in a time of “Conversation and Care.”  Each District will offer two options for clergy to choose from. Look for communications from your District offices for information to register and then receive a link to join these times of conversation. If the dates and time of your District&rsquo …more

    Rev. Rachel Barnhart on using Zoom to increase discipleship

    September 25, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This fall, the Upper New York Conference is launching trainings in the area of digital discipleship. In October and November, virtual trainings will be provided on online giving, Facebook, and Zoom. Rev. BJ Norrix will teach you about how to get started with online giving. Lori Jagow, Owill be conducting an online training on how to use Facebook to increase discipleship. And the Rev. Rachel Barnhart will be teaching you …more

    Lori Jagow on using Facebook to increase discipleship

    September 25, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This fall, the Upper New York Conference is launching trainings in the area of digital discipleship. In October and November, trainings will be provided on online giving, Facebook, and Zoom. The will be teaching the online training on how to get started with online giving. Lori Jagow, Online Minister at Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, will be conducting an online training on how to use Facebook to increase discipleship.   …more

    New York State Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary Increase Effective 12/31/2020

    September 23, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    New York State Minimum Wage Increase Effective December 31, 2020, New York State minimum wage will increase to $12.50/hour.  Employers in the Upper New York Conference, regardless of number of employees, must pay non-exempt employees minimum wage.  Future increases after 2020, will be determined by the NYS Director of Budget in consultation with the NYS Commissioner of Labor and will be announced on or before October 1 each year.  Non-exempt employees …more

    Sunday Oct. 4, 2020 is World Communion Sunday

    September 15, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    On World Communion Sunday, you have the opportunity to give an offering to support scholars in their education. Because of our giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands. In The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday is one of six Special Sunday offerings. On the first Sunday in October, our designated gifts benefit students around the world by providing scholarships, …more

    CF&A has prepared 2021 budget

    September 11, 2020 / By UNY Conference CF&A

    Your Conference Council on Finance & Administration has been working since last fall on the 2021 Conference budget. Of course, at that time, things were the “old normal”, and, while our collections from ministry shares were down, we were anticipating the continued generosity from our local churches and prepared the budget accordingly. Prior to our releasing the budget (which would have occurred in the spring, prior to the May 2020 …more

    FAQs for the Virtual Annual Conference

    September 11, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    In one week, the various virtual sessions of the Upper New York Annual Conference will begin. The Practice Session will be held at 7 p.m.on Friday Sept. 18; Clergy Session will be held on Saturday Sept. 19; Ordination will take place on Friday Oct. 2; and the business of Annual Conference will take place on Saturday Oct. 3. There are many questions people have about Annual Conference as it relates to this new …more

    Get ready to practice the virtual UNY Annual Conference

    September 9, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    As was previously announced, the Upper New York Annual Conference will be taking place virtually with the Clergy Session on Sept. 19 and Annual Conference on Oct. 3. Please note that the ordination service will take place in-person by invitation only on Oct. 2. All of those participating in the Clergy Session and voting members of Annual Conference will be able to practice how the virtual platform works on Friday Sept. 18 at 7 p …more



    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."